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Old 05-28-2014   #21
Absarokee, MT, 59001
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I've played this game a few times... I've used a old piece of chewing gum I found to get me down to grizzley. It worked ok. A little Alabama chrome will get you to the take out... Both on PVC. But tear aid takes the cake. I even patched a finger sized Russian olive hole without even pulling over.

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Old 05-28-2014   #22
Canon City, Colorado
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The couch does have a bladder. I can only assume it's the same stuff AIRE raft bladders are made of- we use SOTAR on the river. Whichever TA we have is for the urethane/pvc, and seems to hold fine in the couches, but only on the bladders. The outsides haven't needed any patching.

The little cuts in the bladder are somewhat alarming if that same thing happens to their boats. It's almost like a tiny crease in the bladder from not lining up PERFECTLY with the outer layer, and the material just splits right there at the crease. Not inspiring confidence in their boats for me, but I guess I'll get to find out this summer- new company with all AIREs, not SOTARs.

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Old 05-28-2014   #23
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do you buy Type B for a PVC boat? I assume Type B inflatable repair?
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Old 05-28-2014   #24
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Originally Posted by BCJ View Post
I'm a fan. I put two finger-length tears in an Avon pro on a Middle Fork trip. Was cool and rainy and not ideal patching weather. Used Tear Aid and it held for two days until I had some sun to put a patch on. I didn't pump that tube real tight but it was enough to travel with and I'm impressed by how well the TA held on such large rips.
How far we've come from the Duct tape days eh?

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Old 05-30-2014   #25
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It is definitely type B for PVC. I just repaired my fishing cat with it. The other day we had record high temps and my dumb ass had to much air in that boat so a leak happened. It was a small one in the bladder. I never used tear aid before but cause of this thread I did. Works great. Couldn't be easier. Type B for vinyl. Type A for everything else.


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